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Read Me Dead

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Alexia Wheaton’s problems go beyond picking a dress and a date for homecoming.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory - her parents' horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet to protect herself, but when the local newspaper reveals her secret, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents' murderer will soon find her - and silence her forever.

Published April 25th 2012 by Emerald Barnes (first published April 19th 2012)
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing


What a brilliantly written book. I really hated to put it down. I loved the all characters. It is a complex tale, but things become much clearer as Alex opens up about her parent's murder to her brother Matty, ex boyfriend Christian and Landon. To say Alex has complicated relationships with Christian and Landon is an understatement. Alex believes anyone she becomes attached to will be killed, so she ends her relationship with Christian even though she is still deeply attached to him. Th
Eri Nelson
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Youthful Suspense”

Outside a few times in my life, I have for the most part steered free of YA books. Preferring the adult action packed tales that verge on steamy paranormals. However, as an author I have found myself in company of talented writers who write in the Young Adult arena. Therefore, with that in mind it would be no surprise that Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes would peek my interest.

The title of this book spoke to me, so some time ago I downloaded it to me Kindle App. Having other re
Gloria Antypowich
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I really enjoyed “Read Me Dead” and I am a grandma, not a YA!

Emerald Barnes has crafted a compelling read: a thriller, murder, mystery, with a romantic triangle and betrayal by someone in a position of trust. This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and held my attention to the end. There were many twists and turns in the plot, and the main character experienced real trauma (physically and emotionally), not just the threat of it.

Emerald makes you feel the romantic conflicts of a teena
Tammy Hall
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
s I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for what awaited around every corner with the turn of every page the thrill of suspense clung to every word in Read Me Dead. I found myself trying to figure out the "who done it" if you will with every new chapter. I could not put this book down it became an obsession of needing to know how the entire story played out and of course if any of my guesses of who the murderer was were even close to correct. Emerald Barnes did an amazing job of keeping me on the ...more
Terry Tyler
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Really well written. I think Emerald has a good writing future ahead of her
Kayleigh Grian
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Disclaimer*: I did win a free copy of this book from the author during an event. This however did not influence my review in any way.

In her newest book Read Me Dead, Barnes gets the reader to ask themselves a tough question. If you knew a deadly secret, would you keep it, even if it meant a killer might go free? Alex has kept a secret from everyone, including her twin brother for 7 years, but soon the truth will have to come out. She was there the night her parents were murdered and has been ha
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although READ ME DEAD by Emerald Barnes is a suspenseful thriller for a YA audience, it will appeal to adult readers as well. READ ME DEAD explores what it means to keep a secret. When Alex Wheaton was ten, she witnessed her parents’ murder. Worse yet, she saw the killer, who threatened her life and warned her never to tell. When the novel opens, seven years have passed and Alex and her twin brother Matt now live with their aunt, uncle, and cousin. Alex wants nothing more than to be a normal tee ...more
Gina's Library
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I reveiwed this book for the author. This is a great murder mystery book.

Alex is the only witness to her parents brutal murder. She knows how to identify the killer, and the killer knows who she is and how to find her. He warned her to stay quiet.

Alex has kept that secret to herself all these years. When she finally tells part of the secret to her twin brother and their 2 best friends, unfortunately a reporter over hears and prints a story about it. Suddenly the killer knows that she is talking
Two Nerds With Words
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewer: Justine
Rating: 4 out of 5 Fairies

Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes had me crying rivers! Emerald was super sneaky, giving us a sleeper story. Starting slowly, then reeling you in with an almighty love triangle, and finally the peak of ripping your heart out halfway through.

Emerald Barnes starts us out slowly until we reach chapter 3 or 4. By chapter 15, I was well and truly hooked and at chapter 26 or 27, she tears my heart out. I cried for two hrs! (I’m hormonal, but still!) Damn YA rea
Carlyle Labuschagne
Good writing with strong characters, you will come to care for. If you are looking for light suspense and a good measure of mystery then this is a read for you. There were times when the love triangle was a bit much but I had to remind myself what I was like as a teenager, and I couldn't imagine her internal conflict with all that was going on she needed to keep those she loved safe and being human she also needed to be loved and feel lonely. The end was not expected, that there for me gives it ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good mix of mystery, suspense and teenagage/young adult romance.
‘Read Me Dead‘ by the young author, Emerald Barnes, is a book that’s completely out of my normal genre set… and I enjoyed the heck out of it!

In ‘Read Me Dead‘, Emerald Barnes proves her ability in weaving the triumphs and heartache of teenage romance into a story about a terrifying fight with life, death and chipped fingernail polish.

The characters and interactions are vivid and the plot twists are not in short supply. A fun read for everyone – male or female, young adult or old fart (like me).

Cristal (Professional Book Procrastinator)
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys suspense/thrillers
This was a interesting story that I was drawn into immediately. It had just the right amount of mystery/suspense and romantic conflict that I like. Alex saw her parents murder when she was 10 years old and 7 years later she till has nightmares and struggles with the fact that she might die if the killer finds out she talked about it. I enjoyed it and I think that I would check out another story from Emerald Barnes in the future. Review found here: ...more
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read Me Dead is a heart stopping book of murder and mystery. Alex just wishes that she could go back to before the night her parents were shot dead right in front of her when she was 10 years old. Now at 17, she is scared the murderer has come back to kill her. When she begins to uncover more details about the murderer, she begins to put herself and her loved ones in danger. Can Alex find justice before anyone else gets hurt?
Pauline Creeden
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Suspenseful and anxiety producing YA read with a clever, contemporary premise. It's not very often that a YA read with no speculative element comes along and keeps my attention. The author is adept at bringing out the emotion in the characters as well as the reader. The intense love triangle was a sticky point, as the protagonist's indecision was a point of annoyance for me. ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
iPhone $0.99. Was good. sad.
Sylvia Stein
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book- Emerald Barnes is a great story teller and her characters are phenomenal- I loved experiencing all the emotions of this book! Wow a must read!
Jul 22, 2012 added it
awesome loved it!!!
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Not bad for a YA read especially given that there's nary a vampire in sight.

Alexa Wheaton is a troubled girl. When she was a child she witnessed the murder of her parents and knows the identity of the killer. She also knows he saw her. As a result, she has been afraid for the ten years since the murder that the killer is coming for her next.

In all the time since the murder Alex hasn’t told the authorities she knows who the killer is as a way of protecting her twin brother Matt, her Aunt Marion a
A story so firmly set in the present day it even names the drugs prescribed to a girl who’s afraid to sleep, Emerald Barnes’ Read me Dead ratchets up the scares from strange noises at night to terrifying attacks with murderous intent.

The protagonist has grown from immature ten-year-old, coloring under her father’s desk, to uncertain teenager, keeping secrets like a child while seeking love like an adult. Soon those secrets seem certain to threaten her life, and Alex’s “favorite meal. Mashed pota
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read Me Dead was an emotionally painful and heartbreaking read that chronicled the posttraumatic stress suffered by Alexia who at the age of ten witnessed her parents murder. She has lived for seven years in fear remembering the words of the killer that if she told anyone what she saw she would die and has to live with the consequences of the reactions of those around her when they find out what is really wrong with her. It is interesting what a 10-year-old's mind will do with such an ultimatum ...more
Tena Clifford
Feb 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Have you ever read a book and it makes you so angry..... Well this book did that for me .... I felt like I have wasted my time reading this and I'll never get that time back! It has been one of the worse books that I have read in a long time it was plain drivel... It was very hard to get into from the very beginning but once I start a book I like to finish and I really could have gone on living without reading this, it was like a little kid had written this book it just kept repeating itself ove ...more
Dariel Raye
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Seven years ago, Alex Wheaton witnessed the murder of her parents. She was 10, and the murderer threatened to kill her if she told. Haunted by terrifying nightmares and debilitating memories during her senior year in high school, Alex turns to two male friends, Christian and Landon, for comfort. Both of them have romantic interest in her. Her constant volleying between them causes problems in their friendship as they vie for her attention, and eventually has disastrous results...http://darkparan ...more
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Jessica Ridgeway
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This book had a lot of potential. At times it felt very repetitive. Poor Landon spent most of the book handing Alex a bottle of water. The plot was interesting albeit it's definitely a young adult book. the ending left me wondering if there would be a sequel or not. Who knows. ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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I will say that I don't understand all the 4 and 5 star reviews. I think I'm being generous with three stars.
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Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a youth leader, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

​She’s also addicted to tv and binge-watching shows, and she has a thing for superheroes.

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